Leeds United are on the verge of completing the shock sale of Pontus Jansson this summer, according to Phil Hay.
The former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist revealed on Twitter that a bid from an unnamed English side had been tabled for the Sweden international worth around £5.5million.
It was later confirmed by BBC’s Adam Pope that the side was Championship rivals Brentford, who were looking to replace Yoann Barbet following his own departure this summer.
Hay later suggested that the deal was done as quickly as possible due to issues behind the scenes regarding Jansson’s attitude and Marcelo Bielsa was believed to be on board with the sale.
However, £5.5m appears to be a rather low figure for Leeds to have accepted and that seems to be thoughts echoed by Noel Whelan.
The ex-player-turned-pundit revealed in an exclusive with Football Insider prior to the bid that he should be worth between £15m and £20m.
“I think you’ve got to be looking around that £20million mark, to be honest with you,” he said.
“He’s young, he’s got experience at international level as well and it’s a key area on the field where people need to pay money for. I think between the £15-20million mark is the going rate for Pontus.”
Losing Jansson will be a huge blow for Leeds this summer and could seriously hamper any chances they have of securing promotion to the Premier League in the upcoming campaign.
The defence was arguably a problem area for Bielsa last season because of a lack of depth and cover when injuries and suspensions started to build.
Now, with Jansson set to leave, the Argentine must surely have to make improvements to that area of a pitch an urgent priority for the Whites.